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Jane of Austin: A Novel of Sweet Tea and Sensibility Paperback – June 13, 2017
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“Packed with charm, wit, and a thoroughly satisfying romance, Jane of Austin made me want to pick up and move myself down to Texas. Dear reader, put the kettle on, mix up some scones, and be the heroine of your book club by bringing Jane to this month’s meeting.”
—Kimberly Stuart, author of the Heidi Elliott series and Sugar: A Novel
“Jane of Austin offers readers a fresh and contemporary take on a beloved classic. What a delight to enjoy Austen in this new modern way and find the characters and story as approachable, relevant, and engaging as the classic that has captured our hearts and sensibility for more than two hundred years. Heroine Jane’s quirky brightness brings this rich tale of love, life, music, and tea to life—and leaves you yearning for more!”
—Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and A Portrait of Emily Price
“Quirky and charming, Jane of Austin goes down like a perfect cuppa. I was enchanted!”
—Teri Wilson, author of Unleashing Mr. Darcy, now a Hallmark Channel original movie
“I love a story that I can savor, and this delicious charmer has it all—a swoon-worthy hero, unrequited love, quirky and loveable secondary characters, and a heroine you want to root for! (Not to mention many delicious recipes!) When tea-shop owner Jane and her sisters move to Austin looking for a new future, she has no idea that love is waiting for her too. The only problem is, she’ll have to get her heart broken to find it. Beautifully written, a keeper of a story, and the perfect beach read!”
—Susan May Warren, USA Today best-selling, RITA Award–winning author of the Montana Rescue series
“Tea and Texas make for a delicious reading recipe in Hillary Manton Lodge’s Jane of Austin! Hillary’s writing is seamless and sophisticated. I was charmed by everything I learned through this story about tea and tea making. And I was invested in the lives and loves of Jane and her sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of new beginnings, sisterhood, and healing.”
—Becky Wade, author of True to You
“Hillary Manton Lodge’s modern twist on Sense and Sensibility will delight Jane Austen fans and contemporary romance fans alike. Jane of Austin is filled with warmth, wit, charm, and the kinds of unforgettable characters that will have you cheering some on and ready to wring the necks of others. I’m telling my friends to make it one of their summer must-reads!”
—Kara Isaac, RITA Award–nominated author of Close To You
About the Author
Hillary Manton Lodge is the author of the critically acclaimed Two Blue Doors series and the Plain and Simple duet. Jane of Austin is her sixth novel. In her free time, she enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, graphic design, and finding new walking trails. She resides outside of Memphis, Tennessee with her husband and two pups. She can be found online at www.hillarymantonlodge.com.
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Three sisters have to deal with the repercussions of their businessman father’s major scandal, but they manage to make the best of the situation by creating a business of their own–a cute tea shop in San Francisco. Years late when their landlord passes away, his nephew forces them out of their beloved shop. Needing a fresh start, Jane, Celia and Margot find themselves staying with a distant cousin from their late mother’s side and starting over…in Austin, Texas. Thus begins an adventure of a lifetime for the three girls, one that involves both heartbreak and beautiful love.
A story steeped in romance, sisterly love, and a passion for tea–Jane of Austin had me in tears, sometimes in laughter and other times from all the feels. I want more! There are a million things to love about this book, one of them being the charming and witty characters. Even the side characters were a delight! Jane was quirky and cute and her affinity for baking made her downright lovable. Her relationship with her sisters was incredibly sweet and the communication issues that arose between her and Celia were relatable and raw. Each sister’s separate approaches to moving and life in general was incredibly well done and realistic, which leads me to the writing. This author has quickly become a favorite of mine. Everything from the beautiful writing style to the chapter-ending recipes made me love this story all the more. It was like all of my favorite things in one story! Warning–you will be hungry during and after reading this. Be prepared and make some scones beforehand. 😉 Let’s not forget the delicious romance either. Two words–Callum. Beckett. If there is a more swoon-worthy hero in a contemporary romance novel, I’d like to know, because Callum was downright perfect. The slow relationship that develops between him and Jane had that intangible thing that just tugged at my heartstrings. Can one say the words perfect and love too many times in a book review?! Because I feel like I’m approaching that line.
Jane of Austin is a must-read for both Austen and contemporary romance lovers alike. I hope I did this book justice with my review, because it is one of those reads that’ll stick with me. I’ll say it again, I loved this book. Go read it! It’s perfect for summer, reading along with friends, or bringing on vacation. The ending is similar to sipping your favorite cup of tea, in the way that’ll it leave you with a highly contented sigh. Ahhh.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Jane Austen's novels ... and I also love modern adaptations/twists like Clueless (the movie), Lost in Austen (the ITV miniseries), and Austenland (the book and the movie). So when I heard that Hillary Manton Lodge, whose Two Blue Doors series I loved, had written a modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, well, it was a no brainer—I had to read it!
Whenever I've encountered Sense and Sensibility, in whatever form, I've always loved Elinor and found Marianne to be overly emotional and a bit ridiculous. So when I realized that the titular Jane of this novel was the stand-in for Marianne, I was a bit nervous.
I needn't have been.
Jane is quirky and certainly more emotional than her elder sister Celia (the Elinor character), but she's also incredibly likeable. Knowing the source material, I had no doubt who she would eventually end up with, but I also could understand the attraction to her other suitor. In that situation, I probably would have fallen for him, too.
While the basic players and events from Sense and Sensibility are present in Jane of Austin, it's a great story in its own right. I love the focus on tea and the description of Jane's baking; I would totally visit Valencia Tea Company if it really existed. I thought the relationship between Jane and Celia was very realistic. And I absolutely adored Callum's dog.
Let's talk about Callum for a minute. I've always had a soft spot for Colonel Brandon (especially as portrayed by a pre-Snape Alan Rickman), and Callum is just as wonderful. A true war hero, Callum is also loyal and kind, and I liked that Jane noticed him and and liked him even while she was in the throes of love with Sean. Though Callum is not perfect, he is perfect for Jane, and I loved watching their relationship develop.
Ultimately, whether you're a fan of Sense and Sensibility or you just like a great romance, Jane of Austin is sure to make you smile.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.
Two sisters, Jane and Celia Woodward, pack up their thriving tea shop after being forced out by the new owner who wants to update the shop to match the rest of the upscale neighborhood and, with little sister Margot move to Austin Texas to start again. The sisters are no strangers to starting over nor to hardship; years earlier, following the death of their mother, they lost their home and security when their father's business scandal became news. He leaves the country, and the sisters to pick up the pieces of their lives.
In Austin, things are not quite as easy as they first thought it might be; they are having difficulty finding a shop that fits their style, an old fashioned tea shop. Every store front they look at is either too modern or not in the right neighborhood.
Living in a small cottage belonging to a distant family member, Jane and Celia's relationship becomes strained. Searching for home, the women begin to wonder if they made a mistake moving to Austin.
A bit of mystery and intrique; a lot of love and grace, this book grabbed my attention from the get-go, includes scrumptious sounding recipes and thought provoking quotes from various authors to start each chapter.
Highly recommend. My only issue with the books is that Austin is too far away to visit the tea shop and I most definitely love to visit that tea shop! A cup of tea, a couple Mini Strawberry Tartlets and a good book, sigh. PS. The tea shop does not exist and I don't like tea, but I could learn to.
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